Sad week for Lowerhouse

Jon Finch in action in Lowerhouse's win against Colne on Sunday.
Jon Finch in action in Lowerhouse's win against Colne on Sunday.

LOWERHOUSE face a tantalising treble this weekend as they prepare for matches across three different competitions.

It all starts tonight when they square off against Nelson in the Twenty20 competition at home.

And Nelson are the opposition again tomorrow, this time in the Worsley Cup, before the West Enders travel to Rawstenstall on Sunday for a league match.

Lowerhouse beat Colne by eight wickets at the weekend to record a seventh successive win in league and cup to go to the top of the table.

Cricket has taken a back seat at the club this week though, after club stalwart Phil Astin sadly died.

Phil died from the result of a heart attack which happened last Friday.

He had a long and distinguished career with Lowerhouse, having been a first team cricketer since his teens.

He played for the club over five decades, from the 1960s to 2000, and a club spokesman said: “We will miss Phil immensely. He was a much respected player, coach and groundsman and a popular character.

“We cannot overstate the importance Phil’s work at the club meant to us. He was the ultimate cricketer – he gave everything as a player and stayed on to give his all as a clubman. We are all very upset and our deepest sympathy goes out to his family.”

Meanwhile, Burnley will be desperate to get their season back on track at home to Todmorden on Sunday after slumping to defeat against Nelson, their sixth in just seven games.

In the Ribblesdale Cricket League, Read can look forward to another double header this weekend as they take on Ribblesdale Wanderers at home tomorrow, before a trip to Oswaldtwistle Immanuel on Sunday.

Captain Warren Eastham said: “We just want to carry on this winning momentum really.

“I really do think it is three horse between us, Barnoldswick and Baxenden and it’s going to be close.

“We’re the only unbeaten team in the league now though, and we want that to continue for as long as possible.

“Hopefully if we can win these two then we can get to the top of the league and carry on from there.”

Padiham will be looking to bounce back after two disappointing defeats last weekend to Clitheroe and Read.

They take on Great Harwood away tomorrow before a home encounter with Cherry Tree on Sunday.

Captain John Bushell said: “The team spirit is superb though and now we’ve got to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and look ahead to the next games.

“We’ll keep playing in the right manner and hopefully a couple of wins will see us move up the table.”

Padiham’s next games see them take on Oswaldtwistle Immanuel at home today before a trip to Great Harwood on Saturday and a home encounter with Cherry Tree on Sunday.

• BURNLEY Under 11s hit their way to a deserved victory in their first game.

They played Colne away with a young team made up of nine to 11 year olds.

Batting first, Burnley made a superb 276 with contributions of 25 from Qasim Shah and seven not out from Jake Blakey.

In reply Colne were restricted to 213, mainly thanks with a great fielding display which included a magnificent run out from Blakey and some impressive bowling, notably from Blakey, Adam Khan, Matthew Ford.